Turkey Tracks: The O’Bryan Quilt–an old friend

Turkey Tracks:  February 26, 2012

 The O’Bryan–An Old Friend

When we visited Charleston, SC, last Thanksgiving, we stayed with each of our sons for half of our visit.  At Bryan’s we slept under the 9th quilt I made:  “The O’Bryan.”  It was like visiting an old friend to see it again, never mind sleeping under it.

Here’s what it looks like now:

Bryan helped picking out the colors.  I used a King’s Crown block, machine pieced it, and hand quilted it–so I really had it in my hands for a long time.

Here’s a closeup of one of the blocks so you can see the hand quilting.

And, here’s a picture of some of the blocks:

I rarely hand quilt anymore.  I love to piece quilt tops too much I guess.   And I especially love my long-arm machine, which is allowing me to finish more quilt tops.  It seems knitting–and putting the binding on quilts–is supplying my need to do something with my hands at night.

It’s really fun to go into family or friends’ houses and to see one of my quilts being used and loved.  Or to get a picture from someone showing the quilt in their homes.

Turkey Tracks: Leftover Sock Yarn–Kelly’s Birthday Socks

Turkey Tracks:  February 26, 2012

Leftover Sock Yarn–Kelly’s Birthday Socks

Here’s a pic of the first pair of socks out of the leftover sock yarn:

I bought three small sock-yarn skeins to coordinate with the mixture of leftover yarns:  navy, cream, and a fern green.

Here I used the navy for the cuffs, toes, and heels.

I had JUST enough of this one kind of yarn with the little color flecks to do the rest of both socks.

Mercy!  They’re cute, huh?

Kelly says they fit.  I talked to him this morning.  I sent the socks home with Mike, who was here last weekend for the Camden Conference.  He also got a bottle of Cheryl Wixson’s homemade ketchup into his suitcase.  Kelly LOVES ketchup.

The socks are on a bedspread that John’s mother crocheted for his sister, Maryann, for her 16th birthday.  It’s still going strong, and we love it.  It is on the bed in our guest bedroom.